Stone sheep taken from Waitati nursery

The man was caught on camera at the Waitati nursery this week. Photo: supplied
The man was caught on camera at the Waitati nursery this week. Photo: supplied
A man has been caught on camera allegedly rustling several stone sheep and other garden ornaments from a Waitati nursery, amid a claim the seaside town near Dunedin has been hit with a wave of petty crime.

Blueskin Nurseries and Cafe owner Clare Brown said in the early hours of Tuesday morning, about 1am, a man crept into her Waitati nursery and pilfered garden ornaments worth $1000.

The man was caught on a CCTV camera and is decked out in a distinctive duffle coat and Chuck Taylor-style sneakers.

Mrs Brown said the burglar swindled several ''little concrete sheep,'' along with other small garden ornaments including white concrete doves, with a total value of about $1000.

Several cars had been broken into recently around Waitati, with some losing their stereos, she said.

Since posting a still from the CCTV footage on social media, Mrs Brown said several people had got in touch with her, all providing a positive identification of the same man.

The burglary had been reported to police who were visiting the nursery and cafe today.

Senior Sergeant Trevor Thomson said two more burglaries had been reported to Dunedin police since yesterday.

One was over the hill in Long Beach, where sometime since April 11 someone broke into a sleep-out at a property in Beach Rd and took a range of power and garden tools, including a ''Milwaukee drill, a Milwaukee impact driver, a Husqvarna hedge trimmer and a Ryobi line trimmer,'' Snr Sgt Thomson said.

Back in Dunedin, overnight on Saturday an Xbox gaming console and several games went missing from a home in Buccleugh St.

Snr Sgt Thomson said it was unclear how the burglar gained entry to the North East Valley property. 

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